Thank you ……

 

 

Today I give thanks.

Dear God,

Thanks for the trees that provide me the best oxygen.  Thanks for the sun that provides the best heat.  Thanks for the clouds that provide some amazing abstract art and shade when it’s in front of the sun.  Thank you for the moon that provides the best nightlight guiding me.  Thanks for the rivers that flow that provide me water from the stream.  Thanks for the flowers that make my eyes dance and smile.  The colors and aroma from the different roses feel my heart with such love.

I’m thankful for family and great friends. I’m thankful for opportunities you give me. I’m thankful for the love you constantly show me.  I’m thankful for the shelter you provide me, the secret places you can hide me, the children you gave me, the wonderful mother that raised me.

To you I owe my all-!!!!! Thank you God

Much Love,

Tracy B

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Revelation in the clouds…..

 

Happy Monday to all!-)
I’ve always loved the sky; the sun, moon, stars, planets, and majestic clouds. Clouds are really nothing more than abstract art to me. It reveals so many things including what the weather will be like. However, I view them as if God’s unfolding a story before my eyes and my job is to figure out what it’s showing or telling me to do next.

The day I took this picture I was praying and asking God about what I should do.  I placed God in remembrance of His word saying my problems are underneath me. How I believe I am the head and not the tale, above and not beneath, lender and not a borrower and more than a conqueror.  Sure, I spoke encouragement but felt discouraged due to life’s situations and circumstances. I was praying but doubting, believing but no frame of mind to receive anything. In other words, I was expecting the worst but praying for the best. It’s sad to say this thorn still sticks me at times, but I recognize it now and dismiss it before it takes root.  It’s not easy to do, but my PEACE is at stake and I need my peace.

After praying I looked up and saw this. I began smiling because it looked like the number 1. Then it looked like a surfer.  Then I heard,

” Your concerns concern me. I know all that you stand in need of and will do that and more. However you are the ONE who will determine if it happens, when it happens, and the time it happens. When you pray you must first know and believe I am God and capable of doing ALL that’s asked of Me. Rise above your problems spiritually, and mentally so that you can see them manifest naturally.  Your problems are beneath you. Rise above the situation to see the solution from every angle and glide right into your destiny.”

Sometimes seeing is believing.  That day He knew I needed to see something and now I can show you!

Look up and see the BIG picture to reveal the enigma.

The sky is only the limit to where your dreams start and with God there is never an ending!

 Much Love,
Tracy B

Pushing pass procrastination

 

Proverbs 13:4,23-18;9, 19;15

The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; but the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.

In all labor there is profit, but idle chatter leads only to poverty.

He who is slothful in his work is a brother to him who is a great destroyer.

Laziness casts one into a deep sleep, and an idle person will suffer hunger.

It amazes me how God can take simple words and make them deep in meaning while complicated in doing. Ok, it’s not God making things complicated, it’s us all the way around.  However, there is nothing surprising to God and He even test our actions with HIS simple words. 

I’ve been lazy.  I’ve desired life in abundance with actions of limitations. I thought if I dreamed about it long enough, prayed about it hard enough, and fasted spiritually enough then I was doing my part.  I knew I had to do some work but not ALL  the work.  I figured what was God’s part if I’m doing all the dreaming, praying, fasting? Isn’t HE supposed to make it all miraculously happen?

Time went past with me doing limited work that I hadn’t noticed I was truly reaping what I’d sown.  My little work produced little profit.  My limited thinking produced limited manifestation. My lazy attitude produced lazy altitude. My slothful demeanor produced slothful encounters which produced nothing in the end. I like so many others looked for someone to blame when things didn’t manifest in the manner I believed they should but it was all my fault. I was the true culprit and procrastination was my crime.

Christian food

You want more, give more.  

If your dreams aren’t manifesting as you desire then check your actions.  Do something about it NOW!

Stop procrastinating on the promise that God is waiting to fulfill.

Much Love,

Tracy B

 

Don’t be a fool……

Proverbs 17:28 & 18:2,13

He who answers before listening – that’s his folly and his shame.

Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.

A  fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions.

The passages of scriptures are out-of-order to make sense of it the way God wanted me to perceive and hear it.

There was a time I was more interested in voicing my opinion than listening to the entire story.  I couldn’t hold my tongue. I was already upset and replayed in my mind hundreds of scenarios of how when I saw my adversary what I would say, do, how I would stand, and even roll my neck and eyes if needed.  To have full attitude and pressure by the second was not great; so I was unable to listen to reason. I was being a fool and happy about it.  I wanted to be heard, seen, understood, accepted and definitely respected. I said some things I could not take back, but the destruction flowed freely from my tongue. I felt a “take that” with each blow of my voiced opinion. I never took the time to listen even after hearing God say don’t say that, don’t do that, you should listen, be quiet, shhhh, it’s not what it seems, you will regret this, and finally SHUT UP! 

I finally got quiet long enough to allow the full story to be told.  My adversary was quiet and fully attentive with tear filled eyes. After allowing my adversary to speak, I’d realized it was a huge misunderstanding having others involved and complete down spiral from lack of communication. I no longer desired to be seen or heard. I just wanted to crawl into a tiny space and lay in a fetal position away from onlookers, mainly the world.  I needed to hide from self and foolish behavior, but thank God for grace and mercy.  Even in that foolish situation He turned it around for my good. He allowed me to learn the lesson.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who failed to listen to a matter before flying off the deep end.  And even if I am it doesn’t matter; I don’t mind speakingup4me!

Instruction for the day….

Take time to fully listen to a matter before voicing your opinion on the matter; in doing this you display wisdom, not foolishness. Even a fool is thought of  as wise when he keep silent!!! 

Much Love,
Tracy B

Pride and purpose……

Proverbs 29:23

A man’s pride will bring him low, but the humble in spirit will retain honor.

We’ve all heard the saying pride comes before a great fall.  Well I learned the hard way. I use to be the type of person who learned from experience, but wisdom teaches me to learn from the mistakes of others.

I remember a time I was in deep despair about how I was going to live the life I had become so accustomed to without having the same money I use to make.  It was a horrid time in my life because it was not just me I had to fend for. I had my mother and 2 children and we were about to be homeless.  The sad part is I had a job making great money but I hated the job more than the thought of being homeless. I just knew God would supply our needs as HIS word clearly stated.  I knew HE would never leave nor forsake us and so I challenged God. I put HIS word to the test.

My mother tried her hardest to convince me to stay until I found something better or equal. My PRIDE said no, quit now, you hate this job, you will be alright God got you.  So I quit but not before finding another job. It was a significant pay cut of around 25,000.00 per year but I wanted out. Needless to say I lost everything and now was faced with needing as much help as I could get. I went from pride to humility within a matter of days. My world was crumbling and God was not listening. I only heard laughter in my spirit from the enemy using my pride to defeat my purpose.

My son finally spoke up after hearing me rant and rave about how God’s word is displaying untruth because HE didn’t do things within the time frame needed.

“Mom, how can you say these things? You’re the one who told us that God is real. How HE would never leave nor forsake us.  We believe because you believe. Now that you are not getting what you want should we believe God is fraudulent? You have to trust HIM with it all just like you ALWAYS taught us!”

I was speechless but checked at the same time. Like the prodigal son I came to myself and stood strong and allowed myself to become humbled enough to receive honor and favor. God spoke, “Patience is a virtue and when patience is perfected then you will be whole, complete and lacking nothing.”  

Don’t allow your pride to deter you from your purpose. God has a plan, allow HIM to work it!!!! In doing so, you will receive both favor and honor.

Much Love,

Tracy B

 

Get glad…..

Proverbs 12: 25

Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression,

But a good word makes it glad.

Worrying seems to be a normal thing to do.  It’s almost as if it’s a part of life.  The old saying of good days and bad days, joy and pain, sunshine and rain; it’s almost like saying peace and worry.  However, what I’ve grown to realize is that some of our worries and anxieties are self inflected.  We spend so much of our time worrying about if we are pleasing the next person or what they think about you.  What happens if you fall out of perfect grace with someone? Do they cancel your friendship? Will life end if you said NO to someone, or failed to please everyone?  Does the praise of people matter more than the praise of God?

Some would answer yes only because God is not tangible and people are. Some would answer yes because it fuels them to see others happy; even if it cost them their unhappiness. This tends to cause depression and the worst form.  How can you ever stop being depressed will people ever be happy?

You can not live trying to be who your parents, boss, friends, and associates want you to be.  You have to live a life of purpose and that life must be pleasing to God.  One thing definitely certain is God created you to be who you are and not a copycat or replica of the next person.  We all have a purpose to fulfill in this lifetime and you can bet it’s not to be an imitation. You are the real thing, the ONLY you out here. No one else has your eyes, hair, color, shape, speech, laugh, feelings, or built like you.

Follow your heart even if it cost you some friends, loved ones, associates, pastors, children; but later on understand and believe those same people will see you walking in your destiny!!

Stay true to who God has created and called you to be. It’s not easy being a leader but somebody gotta do it!!!

Much Love,

Tracy B

Different for a reason……

Wishing all of you a wonderful Monday. Wisdom can turn what was meant for evil into good; IF the receiver is wise enough to accept constructive criticism.

Proverbs 16:23 A wise man’s heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instructions.

I’m remembering being a younger teenage girl talking with my mother, crying actually because I didn’t have many friends.  I would complain how I didn’t fit in. It’s funny how the girls knew my differences as they pointed them out each chance they received. I told my mother I dared not be different. I just wanted some friends.  Instead of my mother  snapping and telling me I didn’t need friends, she took the opportunity to speak wisdom into my life.  She summed up my story in what she perceived I was saying…..

“So you don’t want to be different? You want to be like everyone else? You need to be around others who are alike and this will make you happy? This will also allow you to fit in.  (It was more of matter of fact statements than questions) Do me a favor …she looked down then quickly lifted her head as if the light bulb went off in her brain.  Tell God He made a mistake creating you. You seem to know what’s best for you. He created you to be a leader when you clearly wanted and still want to be a follower. What was God thinking making you to stand apart, making you to not fit into the mold of another. What was God thinking by giving you differences to where you’re noticed among the elite? Clearly you’re not a lender but a borrower, you’re not the head but the tail, you’re not above but beneath, you’re not blessed you’re….and then she stopped; it was like she dared not speak those words.

“Mom, I’m not saying that!”

“So what are you saying?”

I didn’t know what I was saying, but she clearly pointed out what I was thinking without saying. Today my differences are the very things that people love about me; isn’t it funny!

Life and death are in the power of your tongue- Choose life daily!

DARE 2 B DIFFERENT!!

Take time to teach children why they are different, there’s greatness in it!!!!!

Much Love,

Tracy B

 

You’re so blessed…..

Happy Friday to all.

It’s not the most glorious day of life but it’s still a day the LORD has made and given to me and you to take full advantage of.  We are indeed blessed.  If you can exhale, inhale without the use of a ventilator, oxygen mask, respiratory then you are BLESSED!!!

Come on and groove with me!!!

Count your blessings, not your mistakes.

Much Love,

Tracy B

Do your part……

 The most frightening part of helping is getting involved.

With all that goes on in our lives, we may believe we don’t have time to get involved with other people and their issues, yet we must.  Perhaps we think if we do not see or hear about the problems, they will go away, but they will not.

We cannot consider ourselves free, prosperous, successful or at at peace as long as anyone who looks like us suffers.  We cannot help everybody, but you can help somebody.  We cannot do everything, but you can do something.

If we each participate in a cause, or we each  battle an ill, if we each contribute time or money to someone for something, a great deal could be done.  If we each shoulder a bit of the responsibility for us, we can progress faster.

I will do my part for us!

(Acts of Faith- Daily Meditation)

Iyana Vanzant

Much Love,

Tracy B

I will do it……

When the battle makes me weary and it seems that I’ve lost ground what do I do?

It’s so hard to hear Your voice Lord with distractions all around, death coming to loved ones, friends turning into foes, children facing life’s issues and I have no control over it. What do I do when family wont even speak kinds words or words at all? What do I do when I feel I’ve done ALL I can?

God spoke,

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.”

‘Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.”  “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” 

“If you ask anything in My name, I will do it!’

Much Love,

Tracy B